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post #1 of 6 Old 11-26-2011, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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Hello,
I live in Harlow . I would like to ask you a few questions. This summer while I was on my holiday I had a few riding lessons . From those days came my love to horses and my passion for riding . I really want to learn how to ride a horse , later to became a instructor and maybe one day I can work in the horse industry :) .I know this is not easy and it's a lot of hard work . I am 21 years old . I would like to ask you if you can explain to me what steps I need to take.. ?
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-26-2011, 07:37 AM
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Welcome to the forum! I don't envy you ... horses as a passion can be an overwhelming condition to the exclusion of so many other things in life - but one that I would never change.

I would start out by trying to get a job (even if you work for free) at a stable. Most are always looking for free help and it's a great way to be around horses and learn as you go. The job you will get will be starting from the bottom - shoveling manure and cleaning up tack. As everyone gets more comfortable with you, your duties will increase to handling the horses.

Many times you can trade your labor for riding lessons so that it becomes a cost effective way to be around and ride horses without going broke.

In any case, that is the way I would start. Good luck and welcome to the horse world.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-26-2011, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you iridehorses !!! I will definitely start looking for volunteer jobs.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-03-2011, 11:03 PM
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Yes I totally agree and if you can't find a job at a barn you could even post something on craigs list. If course I'd take someone along with me when meeting future "employers" for the first time.

I wish you lived near me I'd love to have someone exchange some horsey help for some horsey lessons or knowledge :)

Good luck
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-03-2011, 11:51 PM
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Once you get a foot in the door, you will meet people and make connections and one thing will lead to another. The horse world is kind of tight. So, get into working at a barn, find someone whose skills you admire and ask a lot of questions. That's how I learned a lot; ask questions.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-05-2011, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you kindly for your informative response. I appreciate your encouragement and advice. I feel honored to be corresponding with you.
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